Diversity and Inclusion
The Nephrology Fellowship Program at the University of Washington is committed to promoting an inclusive environment and to increasing the recruitment and support of trainees from groups under-represented in medicine.
Nephrology Professor, Bessie Young, Medical Director and Associate Dean for Healthcare Equity
Dr. Young is committed to diversity efforts within the Department of Medicine and the Division of Nephrology. She held the position of Dept. of Medicine Associate Chair for Diversity and Inclusion prior to her current role in Healthcare Equity.
Efforts to enhance diversity
The UW Division of Nephrology is spearheading efforts to enhance diversity in medicine by partnering with the School of Medicine and the Department of Medicine to recruit and support fellows from groups under-represented in medicine.
Within the UW Nephrology Fellowship Program, our Diversity Enhancement Committee reviews all applicants who self-identify as being from an under-represented minority (URM) group. The committee includes Dr. Rudy Rodriguez, UW Vice-Chair of Medicine, and Dr. Bessie Young, UW Medical Director and Associate Dean for Healthcare Equity.
We identify individuals with disabilities and those from disadvantaged backgrounds through their personal statements on the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). We encourage applicants to discuss their life experiences and unique backgrounds.
Women in Nephrology
The UW Nephrology Fellowship Program is committed to recruiting and fostering the career development of women, starting from fellowship through senior faculty. The proportion of women entering nephrology in the United States remains lower than their male counterparts, and the number who pursue academic research careers are even fewer.
Dr. Nisha Bansal (Associate Fellowship Program Director) founded the University of Washington Women in Nephrology (UWWIN) mentorship program in 2017. The UWWIN program hosts formal gatherings with women nephrology faculty and fellows several times per year, and provides mentoring and support throughout fellowship.
Health disparities research in kidney diseases
Nephrology is leading an effort to build a core group of researchers who focus on health disparity research in kidney diseases.
Drs. Young and Rodriguez are members of the NIH Network of Minority Health Research Investigators (NMRI). Dr. Ann O’Hare (Nephroloy) and Dr. Yoshio Hall (Nephrology, Fellowship Program Director) both study metadata to examine racial disparities in health services related to chronic and end-stage kidney diseases.
Resources to support diversity
Fellows have access to myriad resources to support a diverse and inclusive training environment, including the UW Center for Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (CEDI); UW Network of Underrepresented Residents and Fellows (NURF); NIH Network of Minority Health Research Investigators (NMRI), UW Q Center and Queer Mentoring Program; and UW Diversity Council.